IBEDC Calls For Cost-Reflective Electricity Tariffs




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By Ibukun Emiola

Ibadan – The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has called for the use of cost-reflective tariffs to enable distribution to make commensurate gains their investments.

Mrs Busolami Tunwase, the IBEDC Officer, gave the advice in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan Thursday.

“What the DISCOs are clamouring for, right , is to have a cost-reflective tariff; like you know what you buy is what you sell.

“So, until there is a cost-reflective tariff, energy supply won’t be a smooth sailing business trip for anyone in the sector,” Tunwase said.

She also said that payment for electricity consumed by consumers had been a big issue.

“People don’t want to for the energy they have used,’’ she claimed.

Tunwase advised the Federal Government to explore the alternative source of energy generation to solve the problem of outages.

She said the country should depend solely gas as its source of energy generation, but should explore other options to the sector.

“We don’t need to depend on gas.

“Although Nigeria produces gas, there are lots of affecting this, such as pipeline vandalism.

“We need to explore other means of energy source in place of gas,’’ she said.

Tunwase calls for improvement in energy transmission in the country.

“Even what is generated cannot be pushed because of dilapidated infrastructure; this is critical and it needs an urgent solution.

“There are quite lots of challenges such as losses along the transmission, commercial and .

losses in terms of transmission point is a challenge,’’ she said.

The officer highlighted other problems facing DISCOs as energy theft, claiming that customers bypass and tampering their meters.

She also cited inconsistency in government policies as another challenge.

“When customers tampered with their meter and it does read accurately, we cannot bill them for what is read accurately.

“But they forget that for every energy that is sold to IBEDC it is also metered, so if customers lied that the company still has to for the energy it was supplied.’’ (NAN)